City Hall is continuing its love affair with bad parking garage deals (see: Nordstorm/Pacific Place, Convention Center and Bill Gates' personal garage ). The P-I

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Same Ol' Zoo Doo

Parking garage costs double - no problem!

City Hall is continuing its love affair with bad parking garage deals (see: Nordstorm/Pacific Place, Convention Center and Bill Gates' personal garage). The P-I reports today that - just as critics have insisted all along, and the city denied - the proposed new (and out-of-neighborhood-scale) 700-stall parking garage for the Woodland Park Zoo is going to cost twice what officials claimed. But what do city council plan-reviewers say about that? It's "manageable." We can just take $8 million more out of the treasury - bumping other program monies off the list (clearly, housing cars is more important than, say, housing people). Besides costs, the 4-story garage is seen as another example of the Seattle Parks Department's lousy public relations on disputed projects. As parks activist and former Times reporter Paul Andrews writes this week on Crosscut, interim parks director Betty Jean Brooks - replacing the recently ousted Ken Bounds - had one of her first meets with critics the other day and "butted heads with one attendee, longtime parks activist Mike Ruby, on the issue of the parks board's role. And she rejected out of hand [activist John] Barber's suggestion that the city consider delaying funding for the Woodland Park Zoo's mammoth parking garage project until financial and ecological impacts could be studied further." Well, the study is in, confirming what everyone else already knew. Any bets the garage won't get built?

 
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